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Helena Puck
« on: February 08, 2012 09:16:29 AM »

I just started working on bracelets using the Byzantine fold. I'm really happy with how my two bracelets turned out. I really like the clasps because the coils are reinforced. I used the tutorial in Visual Quick Tips- Wire Jewelry.



I love using colorful enameled wire.

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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2012 10:18:18 AM »

These are very pretty! so colorful.  Do you make your own clasps and rings? 
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Helena Puck
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2012 10:33:31 AM »

I purchase the jump loops that are coiled and cut by a friend of mine, but I do make the clasps.
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PeachieClean
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2012 01:59:35 PM »

Nice job getting the weave down, however, your closures are something of a problem.  There are lots of gaps and misaligned ends.  This is going to make the bracelet fall apart and scratchy.  When you're closing rings, take extra time to make sure the ends match up *exactly*.  If the cuts are good, you should have a hard time finding where the cut is if you've got a good closure. 

You have to be extra careful with EC (Enameled copper) because if your pliers slip, you squeeze too hard or bend too many times the enamel will weaken and be more likely to chip off, like in the blue clasp.  Anodized aluminum has similar problems.  If you use anodized niobium or titanium, you don't have to worry about this nearly as much.  The coating is quite strong.  Also, never give EC to someone who has copper allergies.  They may still break out from it because the enamel doesn't cover the cuts.

I suggest reading around http://mailleartisans.org/articles/ and welcome to the craft. =]
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2012 04:13:05 PM »

Nice job getting the weave down, however, your closures are something of a problem.  There are lots of gaps and misaligned ends.  This is going to make the bracelet fall apart and scratchy.  When you're closing rings, take extra time to make sure the ends match up *exactly*.  If the cuts are good, you should have a hard time finding where the cut is if you've got a good closure. 

You have to be extra careful with EC (Enameled copper) because if your pliers slip, you squeeze too hard or bend too many times the enamel will weaken and be more likely to chip off, like in the blue clasp.  Anodized aluminum has similar problems.  If you use anodized niobium or titanium, you don't have to worry about this nearly as much.  The coating is quite strong.  Also, never give EC to someone who has copper allergies.  They may still break out from it because the enamel doesn't cover the cuts.

I suggest reading around http://mailleartisans.org/articles/ and welcome to the craft. =]

Thank you so much. Since I'm mostly learning from tutorials and chainmaille books, I never get any feedback so I really do appreciate your comments and the helpful links.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2012 06:47:40 AM »

It is hard to learn just from the internet, I know because that's how I've learned.  I agree you don't get any feed back that way.  But I think that your pieces are very pretty!  You're definanetly on the right track.
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2012 05:53:46 PM »

Yeah, I was lucky that I had my uncle around to get me started.  If you post in the MAIL forum, or http://www.theringlord.org/forum/ you'll typically be able to get some useful feedback.  There are some other forums that are chainmaille-specific but I'm not a part of those communities so I can't say how helpful they will be.
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012 06:40:07 AM »

This. Is. AWESOME.

I've been lurking on all sorts of mailles and wanting to try this for some time. Your colorful chains are super juicy!
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2012 09:34:59 PM »

They are very pretty, I really like the contrast of the "old" technique with the "modern" colors. Smiley
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